With a franchise-record 10 saves, Andre Blake was the clear star of the New England Revolution-Philadelphia Union match. In fact, the play of the UConn product was a popular post-game topic as he drew praise from all parties.
Juan Agudelo, who had two of his shots saved, said that it was "outstanding goalkeeping" while Jermaine Jones called Blake "Philadelphia’s best player."
Revs head coach Jay Heaps noted that Blake almost saved Lee Nguyen’s penalty before saying that Blake "makes these saves out of nowhere." Similarly, Union coach Jim Curtin called Blake a "stand out."
Blake, who had registered nine saves over two games before Saturday, wasn't just making routine blocks. It was quite the opposite as he made several difficult stops.
Take his save on Agudelo in the 79th minute. Mere yards from goal, Agudelo hit a picturesque volley. Though the shot isn’t exactly well-placed, it does have the type of velocity that requires a quick reaction to stop. Blake’s reflexes keeps the game even and draws a very appropriate reaction from a Revolution fan.
That face was so good that even the Union got in on the fun.
Our thoughts exactly. Well done, Andre Blake.